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Grassing the Bare Patches Demonstration May Update

9 Jun 2021 12:53 PM | Alex James (Administrator)

Allan Spencer has documented the changes to his demonstration plots over the past 40 weeks. In this blog post Allan describes the grasses he has sown and what he is observing from the different treatments.  Below is a summary of one of the treatment plots and photos over time.  

The Common Improved plot had lime added to the surface and was to be incorporated to a depth of 5cm by hand.  My compact soil did not allow for the lime to be incorporated to that depth and was “scratched” into a maximum depth of 2cm.  The green manure crop consisting of 90% ryecorn and 10% crimson clover was broadcast across the plot at a rate of 40 grams per m2.  The Common Improved plot was then covered with jute mesh.  The jute mesh as covered with compost obtained from the Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council waste minimisation centre.

Figure 1 Common Control Plot – No Treatment September 2020

Figure 2 Common Control Plot A May 2021 – Slashed and seeded

Figure 3 Common Control Plot B May 2021– No Treatment

Read Allan's full report here.


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